News Roundup: Transgender Rights, Franklin Graham and the Stanley Family in Arkansas

Turns out that Michelle Duggar is not the only famous Christian seeking to limit the rights of transgender people in her community. Franklin Graham, son of legendary evangelist Billy Graham and head of Samaritan's Purse Ministries along with David Benham, one of the Benham brothers who's show on HGTV was cancelled because of their public stance on homosexuality are fighting a similar law in their community of Charlotte, North Carolina. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Single Girls Get To Be ‘Holy’?

by Anna at Young Keepers of the Home - How Should We View Being Single?Editor's note: Whenever I run across ladies that say use your single years to be holy and once you marry you must be serving and pleasing your husbands and children I just want to ask them why they limit themselves to such teeny tiny little boxes for their life plans. Many of the women in the Bible held up as examples didn't lead such scripted lives in a limited sphere so why do that to yourself? Quiverfull theology sets you up for this life of being less than your talents and desires. … [Read more...]

Sociopathic Leaders

by Ellen cross posted from her blog When Church HurtsI read an interesting post at pimppreacher.com this weekend.  You can find the full article here: http://pimppreacher.com/post/111132531195/is-your-pastor-or-pastors-wife-a-sociopath.In it, the author lists seven “patterns of behavior” for sociopathic pastors and/or their wives.  As my husband and I read through this list together, we were astonished, once again, at the parallels to our own experience.“#1 Sociopaths Never Apologize and Are Incapable of Feeling Shame, Guilt or Remorse.”  Those of you who have read my story know that there was never an apology, and ultimately, it was my husband’s demand that they apologize to me t … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Enjoy Your Housework Or You Are A Bad Christian Wife and Mother?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Enjoy Your WorkEditor's note: More guilt button pushing and making others seem less 'spiritual' than herself. Believe that Nancy Campbell, along with Debi Pearl, lives to throw shade on other women, making them feel guilt and shame for not being completely perfect. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Fawn All Over Your Husband or Else?

by Nancy Campbell from Above Rubies - Who Is Your Best Friend?Editor's note: Instead of fear-shaming women into being the BEST MOMS EVER!!! this bit tries to fear-shame you into not having a best friend that isn't your husband. Sorry, Nancy, not buying it. Having friends not in the family is an emotionally healthy thing and doesn't mean you don't love or respect your husband. … [Read more...]

Christian Cliches “Don’t Cause Your Brother to Stumble”

by Kristen Rosser cross posted from her blog Wordgazer's WordsThis is the beginning of a series on various catchwords and cliches that Christians (particularly evangelical ones) are fond of using.  Like most oversimplifications, however, they usually give an inaccurate or one-sided view of the particular issue they purport to be about-- and often, they are based on misunderstandings of the Bible text(s) they are taken from. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Dinosaurs Lies From the Pit of Hell?

by Christians Against Dinosaurs at Guff.com and Christians Against Dinosaurs site and Facebook pageEditor's note: Most of us are well aware of Ken Ham and his whole schtick about Adam and Eve riding dinosaurs. Thought that Ham was the ultimate in science-denying in Christianity. At least until I stumbled across this group that think dinosaurs are a lie dreamed up by non-believers to corrupt their children and it somehow linked to bestiality. Do not know enough about this group to know if they are QF, but everything you can infer about their group seems to indicate they are some sort of far right Evangelical group. … [Read more...]

Not Quoting Quiverfull: Faith Healing & Child Welfare – Who Decides?

by Leah Sottile from Aljazeera America - Idaho's Faith-Healing Debate Pits Child Welfare Against Parental RightsEditor's note: Interesting debate on who gets to decide if a child gets conventional medical treatment which goes back to the old assertion by HSLDA that parents 'own' their children. But when children start dying from preventable causes due to a parent's religious beliefs at what point does the government step in to save the life of the child? … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: What To Say To Depressed Women?

by Jessica from Smartter Each Day as cross posted at The Humbled Housewife - To the Mom Who Feels DepressedEditor's note: While this is the rare Christian woman urging others to get medical treatment for depression and that's good, having someone else tell you how 'selfish' you are being because you are depressed is really discouraging. I'm glad it jolted the original author into seeking help, but in the world of Quiverfull Evangelical Fundamentalism it's a message that is repeated again and again, 'You have no reason to be depressed because you are blessed, so suck it up and be joyful'. It's a toxic message that's led to tragedies, such as mothers in the movement who have killed their … [Read more...]

Kink 101 For Purity Culture Survivors

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons [note: links may include NSFW material] There are many amazing resources out there for people who think they might be kinky or into BDSM, and I’ll link to some at the bottom of this post. However, if you’re anything like me … a lot of what’s out there seems conflicting and confusing, and because I grew up on the rather strict end of purity culture I didn’t have the tools to start sorting any of it out. I didn’t know anything about sex, and many of us don’t. Someone I met in college thought that semen was green because of a joke they’d heard about grass stains, and I thought that “going through the back door” meant doggy. An … [Read more...]


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